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Among Christians, Anglicans are the most consistently authoritarian and conservative, while Catholics are more likely to be left-wing

interior of the Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini

Unearthed: the shrine set to revolutionise world view of Buddha's origins

Archaeologists digging beneath sacred Maya Devi Temple find first physical evidence to enable them to accurately date the nativity of Prince Siddhartha Gautama

Live review: Crosby, Stills & Nash, Royal Albert Hall, London

“Well, there’s only one song left to sing,” says Graham Nash as CSN reconvene on the Albert Hall stage for their encore, hours after opening with “Carry On”. The crowd, already long on its feet in acclaim, cheers even louder: it has to be “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”, the song with which they opened their debut album, and the mature phases of their respective careers, 44 years ago. It’s been, as they say, a long time gone.

More than 250 people have been killed in sectarian unrest in the Rakhine region in the past year

1,000-strong Burmese Buddhist mob burns Muslim homes and shops

35 houses and 12 shops destroyed before calm was restored

Sri Lankan troops chase local residents protesting against the alleged poisoning of drinking water in the village of Weliweriya earlier this month

EU wants Sri Lanka to ensure justice for families of protesters shot dead by troops during demonstration over polluted water

Two teenagers and 29-year-old man killed after military intervention

The radical Burmese monk Wirathu was unhurt in the car bomb attack in Mandalay

'Buddhist Bin Laden' Wirathu unharmed by car bomb attack in Burma

The anti-Muslim campaigner blames ‘extremists’ as tensions mount

Masao Yoshida, a heavy smoker, had oesophageal cancer

Japanese ‘hero’ who saved Fukushima plant from total meltdown dies of cancer

Yoshida was widely praised for staying in post and limiting the impact of the nuclear disaster

Buddhist shrine in Indian state of Bihar hit by series of bombs

A series of blasts shook India’s holiest Buddhist shrine on Sunday in what the Indian government called a terror attack.

Tom Watson resigns: The letter in full

Here is the full text of his resignation letter, published on Mr Watson's website

Buddhist monk filmed enjoying high-life on private jet has assets frozen amid claims of 'financial irregularities'

The footage of Luang Pu Nenkham Chattigo went viral last month along with images of monks looking at iPhones and drinking Starbucks coffee

A young Myanmar Muslim Rohingya refugee looks on behind a wired fence

Muslim refugees in Burma will be forced to remain in squalid emergency camps for at least 12 months, warns minister Alan Duncan

A British minister who visited tens of thousands of Muslim refugees in Burma said he believes they will be forced to remain in squalid emergency camps for at least another 12 months as there is no quick-fix solution to the crisis.

The high life: Private-jet flying, aviator-wearing Buddhist monks captured on video

A group of Buddhist monks have become the subject of complaints after videos of them on a private jet, wearing aviators and listening to personal headphones emerged on Youtube.

A student goes through a security check as she enters an exam room in Shenyang

Quiet please: China falls silent for university entrance exams

The pressure is on as nine million students compete for a place in the nation’s elite

Muslim homes burned by Buddhist gangs on second day of attacks in Burma

Buddhist mobs armed with sticks and machetes burned Muslim homes for a second day in the northern Burmese city of Lashio, contradicting government assurances that soldiers had restored calm.

Millions escape brunt of Cyclone Mahasan

45 left dead but tropical storm misses 100,000-strong refugee camp in Burma by some distance

Burmese refugees evacuated ahead of expected cyclone

Amid concerns about a possible disaster, thousands of people displaced by communal violence last year have been evacuated from makeshift camps to safer ground ahead of a cyclone expected to hit Burma’s west coast later this week.

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